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COLONIE: Four-car pileup sparks fire

In case any of the hazardous materials on the truck leaked onto the highway or off into the shoulder, the West Albany Haz/Mat Squad 12, Colonie's only hazardous material response team, and one of three in Albany County, was called to the scene. The 13-member crew only had to patch one of the gas tanks that had ruptured and spilled a small amount of fluid out of it, said West Albany Chief Victor Graves.

"We were requested maybe 15 minutes after they (Latham Fire) arrived. We just had some small leak out of an acetylene tank. We put putty on the tank and contained the leak," he said.

Portions of Alternate Route 7 opened back to traffic less than two hours later.

In all, personnel from Latham, Boght, Maplewood, Verdoy, West Albany, Schuyler Heights and Shaker Road Loudonville fire departments responded. West Crescent Fire Department in Halfmoon, Colonie and Troy emergency medical services and state police also helped out.""

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